Millions have lost their health coverage because of it. Many more have seen their hours cut and have suffered sticker shock because of it. Nevertheless, Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., says Obamacare is the “most exciting” thing that’s ever happened in the history of the United States, Politico reported Tuesday.
“Health care is the most exciting thing that’s happened for the United States of America since the republic began,” he said. “If the health care plan proved to be as bad as the rollout, we’ve shot crap. But as far as I’m concerned, the 50 million people that hoped, dreamed and prayed that one day they could get insurance no matter what their status was, this is going to start to roll in and all of those people who have been afraid to stand with the president I think will be making a great moral mistake, but more importantly, a great political mistake as well for 2014.”
Rangel’s statement came on the same day Politico reported the White House acknowledged that “some” of the more than 2.1 million who have signed up either through the federal site or state exchanges may not actually have health care on Jan.1 because of the technical glitches.
Politico also said Obamacare has “disrupted the health care of millions, who may have to change plans or change doctors despite President Barack Obama’s promise of continuity.”
Moreover, Democrats — including Barack Obama — have blatantly lied about Americans being allowed to keep their coverage if they like it, a fact that has driven their approval ratings down.
The Daily Caller said Tuesday the administration lied yet again when it claimed it never set a target of seven million enrollees, despite a statement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
When asked by MSNBC, health care adviser Phil Schiliro denied the goal was ever set.
“Well, that was never our target number. That was a target that was put out by the Congressional Budget Office and has become the accepted number,” he said.
But as Politico reported last June, that was the goal put forward by Sebelius, who called it “realistic.”
There are, of course, other problems with Obamacare.
For starters, some parents-to-be could find themselves under close scrutiny by government bureaucrats if they fall into certain “at-risk” categories, as we reported in August.
On top of that, many will find their premiums increased with deductibles so high they might as well not have insurance. On top of that, costs for prescription drugs could increase on Jan.1 because of the law.
Nevertheless, Rangel — who suggested he would be proud to run on Obamacare — thinks the massive law is “more exciting” than anything else in American history.
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